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DNA Computer and Smart Drugs – World DNA Day, 25th April 2017

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DNA Computer and Smart Drugs – World DNA Day, 25th April 2017
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Scientists at Eindhoven University of Technology have developed a DNA computer capable of administering drugs. The computer is able to measure levels of certain antibodies in the bloodstream, and calculate the amount of medication needed. This new technology opens the door to ‘intelligent’ drugs which could help better control medication for diseases such as Chron’s disease and rheumatism. This is made possible because DNA is not simply a carrier of genetic information; DNA molecules are capable of performing calculations and detecting which other molecules to react to depending on the antibodies present. By measuring the level of antibodies, the DNA computer can calculate whether a drug needs to be administered, and how much. “By directly linking the measurement of antibodies to the treatment of the disease, we may be able to prevent side-effects and reduce costs in the future,” says professor of Biomedical Chemistry Maarten Merkx.

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